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Tab Dengue the Savior – A Research Initiative by Team Prana Pune

Hpathy Ezine, January, 2013 | Print This Post Print This Post |

The author along with other homoeopathic doctors, discovers and uses the genus epidemicus for Dengue Fever during an epidemic.

Dengue fever is due to a viral infection from a flavivirus. It generally lasts for 10-12 days, and the day on which the patient is being offered treatment is very important.  For the first 3-4 days, counting from the first day of fever, the patient is expected to be symptomatic. After this, the symptoms reduce and an asymptomatic phase of complications starts. The most well-known complication in this phase is the drop in the platelet count.

In Pune, in a well-known hospital – KEM hospital, a physician – Dr Rajesh Gadia, was fighting it out. Out of sheer sympathy with the patients who kept suffering in spite of the symptomatic treatment that could be offered, he called upon the team of PRANA – The Homoeopathy Yoga center. Three members from the team were delegated the task – Dr. Manisha Kamble, Dr. Gitesh Kalyankar, and Dr. Shrikant Talari. They went to the said hospital, and collected data of as many as 25 patients.

Homoeo-prophylaxis or the role and approach to the Genus Epidemicus:

Individualization is the core of homoeopathy. However, it is not so in the acute epidemics– rapid morbid processes, which finish their course more or less quickly and attack many persons with similar sufferings from the same cause.

From the above definition itself (§ 72 -73) it is clear, that an epidemic is a collective disease, occurring due to the presence of a common contagious principle – “infectious organism”.

This means that such an occurrence should have a common “picture”, and therefore a common remedy could be found out for it. This is the well-known concept of “Genus Epidemicus”. (§100- 102)

Usually we say that a person won’t manifest the symptoms of a disease unless internally susceptible to it. But sometimes when the disease cause is very strong it will overwhelm the individual’s vitality & affect him. This leads to an epidemic where large numbers of people develop the same symptoms simultaneously. In such a case many people who get the disease don’t even realize it and don’t get treated for it. That’s because due to their inherent vitality, the symptoms developed are very mild and are resolved by their own life-force i.e. immune system without needing medication, especially if they aren’t otherwise weak or stressed.

This happened with swine flu for a couple of years and eventually a herd immunity developed owing to which most people are now resistant to swine flu.A genus is not the person’s individualized constitutional remedy. It’s a general one, the greatest common denominator that best fits the symptoms of the large group of people affected.

Such a non – individualized approach is used in homoeopathy in an epidemic situation. However this generalization does not imply an allopathic approach; the direction of cure is still inside – out (i.e. to address cause), rather than outside – in (i.e. to suppress symptoms). In short, the genus epidemicus is the remedy found out from the collective totality of many patients suffering from the same disease in an epidemic.

This concept was ably understood and effectively used in this current epidemic of dengue, both for the treatment and prevention of it.

The team at PRANA studied the data. This was what came out.

Most of the patients had the following symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Palpitation
  • Vertigo
  • Tachycardia
  • Coldness of the body
  • Sub conjunctival hemorrhage
  • Crampy pain in the abdomen
  • Cramps in the legs
  • What was peculiar amongst all this was the deathly nausea, coldness of the body; anxiety as if he was responsible for this condition and the family would suffer because of the same
  • Vertigo, which was aggravated on opening the eyes.
  • Desire for fanning.
  • ·

The typical symptoms of dengue fever being:

  1. fever with chills
  2. body ache,
  3. Headache
  4. Eye pain
  5. Muscular and joint pain
  6. Nausea and vomiting
  7. Rash on the body
  8. Muddy sclera and sub-conjunctival hemorrhage
  9. Tourniquet test/ Blanching on pressure.
  10. Mobile, matted and soft lymphadenitis.
  11. Puffiness of face.


The atypical symptoms that were chosen were:

  • Vertigo opening eyes agg
  • Nausea incessant (characteristic on the basis of its intensity)
  • Anxiety of conscience as if guilty of a crime
  • Fanning desire for
  • ·

The above rubrics were chosen as PQRS, keeping in view the patho-physiology of dengue.


The Remedy Tabacum came up as the most prominent remedy and the proposed genus epidemicus.


NOTE: Clinical pathogenesis of tympanitis is well covered by Tabacum.

Following are the toxic effects of tobacco

  • Marked irritation of functions of vagii. Emaciation of cheeks and back. Complete prostration of entire muscular system. Icy coldness of surface: covered with cold sweat.
  • Paroxysms of – asthma, sick headache, vertigo, sneezing.
  • Great despondency with Indigestion.
  • Palpitation, intermittent pulse.
  • Vertigo: death- like pallor, increasing to loss of consciousness;
  • Dim- sighted: sees as through a veil; strabismus, depending upon brain troubles. Amaurosis, from atrophy of retina or optic nerve. sub conjunctival hemorrhage
  • Face pale, blue, pinched, sunken, collapsed; cowered with cold sweat
  • Nausea: incessant, as if seasick; vomiting, on least motion; with faintness;

In this current remedy there is sub-cutaneous and sub-conjunctival hemorrhage with other very characteristic symptoms documented in over 10 affected patients from K.E.M. Hospital Pune, that indicate the remedy Tabaccum prepared from tobacco leaves, which is from the Solanaceae or nightshade plant family (potato and tomato family).

We also advised juice of papaya leaves along with the above protocol. While being advised to avoid eating vegetable from the Solanaceae family until they recovered completely.




We gave the Dose- in 200 c potency in water dose 3 times a day as a protocol. This was kept flexible as per the needs of the case. This was given to 30 patients and data was collected to check the remedy response. Out of 30, 3 needed 30 potency and three others needed LM 4. We even gave it to a pregnant lady in her second trimester and she recovered swiftly, with no problem to her pregnancy or to her fetus.


Indications for 30C:


30C was given to asymptomatic patients, with need for the remedy in order to prevent the complications.


Gitesh Kalyankar

Dr. Gitesh Kalyankar has been practicing classical homoeopathy in Pune for the last 10 years. He did post-graduate work in homeopathic materia medica from the Dhondumama Sathe Homeopathic Medical College, Pune. Dr. Kalyankar was one of the translators into the Marathi language, of the schema authored by Dr. Rajan Sankaran. His interests include endocrinology and research in homeopathy. He is especially known by students for his clear teaching methods.


  1. chanda

    January 25, 2013

    Wonderful presentation of classical homeopathy. Very clear & brief presentation how to select Genus Epidemicus & its implementation. It makes all of homeopaths to feel proud when such great work is done 7 published.

  2. dr neha smart

    February 5, 2013


  3. drcsgupta

    February 6, 2013

    DEAR DR,
    dr shekhar

    • Gitesh Kalyankar

      Gitesh Kalyankar

      February 8, 2013

      We are open to the suggestion that Echinacea may have been the Genus in that particular area. We have simply tried to build a model for a study of Genus Epidemicus that can be followed. In our Area/ State, we found the Genus that helped almost all patients was Tabacum.
      Also, it is important to remember that any remedy cannot be a remedy for Dengue. It has to be a suggestion for a particular area and more especially for A PARTICULAR EPIDEMIC. This means that next year if there is another epidemic in Pune itself, we will need to work the Genus for that epidemic all over again.
      We have already mentioned the parameters that we have followed in this study.
      Yet it seems that these definite parameters need a revision.
      1. Enough number of cases needs to be seen, ideally as per research protocols, minimum 30 cases need to be treated. The picture needs to be traced honestly in each of the first 10-15 cases. Upon this a Genus can be worked out.
      2. It should be a collective work of homoeopaths in the city/ State so as to avoid personal bias towards the remedy/ its effect.
      3. Last but not the least, to validate the effect of the Genus, the symptom totality, the vitality of the patient and the pathological reports should give a positive indication.
      In addition if we see, a genus epidemicus is a single remedy, which helps almost all patients. This is so because it is derived only after a study of a large number of case totalities, and only a greatest common denominator is taken as a totality.
      Hope this answers your query.

  4. Ron Koshinz

    February 6, 2013

    Thank you so much for this article. Your work is very exciting and demonstrates the incomparable value of homeopathy to deal with these types of diseases.

  5. Harsh Goel

    February 9, 2013

    Given a very clear picture how to select the remedy at the time of appearance of epidemics.

    Thank you

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